Opinions Jan. 7, 2015

January 7, 2015

Indiana Court of Appeals
In the Matter of the Mental Health Proceedings of B.M. v. Indiana University Health Hospital
Mental health. Affirms order involuntarily committing B.M. to a mental health facility. The trial court’s finding that B.M. is a danger to others is supported by sufficient evidence. Judge Riley dissents with opinion.

In the Matter of: L.C. (Minor Child), Child in Need of Services and S.C. (Father) v. The Indiana Department of Child Services
Juvenile. Reverses adjudication L.C. is a child in need of services. Remands for a new fact-finding hearing. The procedure employed by the juvenile court with respect to father’s fact-finding hearing has been expressly rejected by the Indiana Supreme Court. Because father challenged the allegations in the CHINS petition, due process requires the completion of a fact-finding hearing, including the presentation of evidence and argument by both parents, before L.C. is adjudicated a CHINS. Judge Bradford dissents with opinion.

Mishael Johnson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms two convictions of Class C felony child molesting.

Michael Hall v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction of Class C felony battery.

Lumaz L. Thompson v. State of Indiana (NFP)
Criminal. Affirms conviction and sentence for Class A felony voluntary manslaughter.